Sorahia Mela (07.09.08 to 22.09.08- A sixteen day long fair)

In this city of Lord Shiva there reside all gods and goddesses. Kashi is the city of temples as well as the city of fairs and festivals.

A sixteen day long fair at Lakshmi Kund is known as ‘ Sorahiya Mela ‘ in the heart of the city. This year from 7th September to 22nd September,2008 (Bhadra Pada Ashtami to Ashwin Ashtami as per lunar calendar), the fair will attract a large number of women. (On the last day of the mela (fair) (on the occasion of Jeevaputrika Vrat ) women solicit the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for the prosperity and well being of their children.

This festival has turned into a symbol of faith and belief.The famous text Kashi Khand deals with the history and importance of this sacred place.

There is an ancient temple of Lakshmi near the pond, (hence the name Lakshmi Kund).

People worship Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity. There is a trinity in the sanctum santorum. A group of three goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali are rarely found together.

A lamp with sixteen wicks is lit in the temple of Goddess. The surroundings of kund remain very busy on Fridays and Sundays.

Sixteen stringed  protective arm-bands are tied by women for sixteen days.

They also do not consume any cereals during this period. Their diet consists of fruits, milk and non cereal.

Women adorn the idol of Goddess Lakshmi with sixteen different decorative items such as flowers, clothes, ornaments, incense, vermilion and saffron etc.

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